Over 300 girls take part in annual Fingal Festival of Football
This football event is also one of the Fingal’s Sports Office’s initiative in promoting the Irish Federation of Sport 20X20 campaign and many of the girls proudly “showed their stripes” on the day.
This event run by Fingal County Council Sports Office in collaboration with FAI/Fingal Development Officers Paul Keogh and Sharon Boyle, provides opportunities for some girls to put on a club jersey for the very first time and also acts as pre-season warm up for the more established teams. This year’s Festival had teams from all over Dublin, Meath, Kildare and over 89 players travelled from Donegal to take part.
Paul Keogh, FAI/Fingal County Council Development Officer, added: “We are delighted to assist Fingal’s Sports Office with this great event. It provides for a fun-filled day and helps harness the great work of the volunteers who put in hours of work to ensure girls have regular football as without them there is no girls’ football.
“We have seen great growth in girls’ football over the last few years, especially in the Fingal area and events like this are encouraging clubs to provide opportunities for girls to play on teams with their peers.”
Niall McGuirk, Fingal County Council Senior Sports Officer, added: “We made a conscious effort to include girls in the Festival of Football nine years ago and it has grown from four U13 girls teams to a girl’s only event with 40 teams and over 300 players from U8-U14 taking part in 2019. We hope that this event, combined with the work being carried out by the FAI, MGL and volunteers in clubs around Fingal, encourages girls to stay involved in football for many years to come and help promote the 20X20 campaign.”
St. Ita’s FC triumphed in the U14 Cup competition and with Bohemian FC beating Raheny Utd for the Shield. The visitors from Donegal took home three trophies in the U13 and U12 competitions.